BMW Z4 E89 LCI

BMW Malaysia has announced the arrival of the facelifted second-generation BMW Z4 in the country. Two variants of the E89 LCI, which was introduced last December, are the first to arrive, these being the sDrive20i and sDrive28i M Sport. The sDrive35is, meanwhile, is also available, but on a request basis, we hear – no word on pricing for that one, but if you have to ask, well …

The facelift job is pretty subtle – minor exterior tweaks abound, from new headlamps that now feature white corona rings to a revised front fender indicator surround where the side badge resides, as well as a new alloy wheel design.

Both variants feature the familiar 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharging, with different states of output tune – the sDrive20i having 184 hp and 270 Nm, while the sDrive28i has 245 hp and 350Nm of torque. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.9 seconds for the sDrive20i and 5.5 seconds for the sDrive28i. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the gearbox choice.

BMW Z4

The M Sport package on the sDrive28i throws in an M Sport suspension, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and the M aerodynamics package, replete with large air intakes in the front wing and a rear bumper inlay painted in Anthracite metallic.

The interior gets sports seats, Aluminium Carbon trim strip, an M specific leather steering wheel, gear lever knob, driver’s footrest, door sill finishers as well as an anthracite-coloured roof liner.

A total of eight external shades are available for the new BMW Z4, with two new colours – Mineral Grey metallic and Glacier Silver metallic – joining the palette list. Buyers will be able to select an optional BMW Individual hardtop, which is available in two colours, solid Black and Glacier Silver metallic, though you’ll have to fork out RM6,000 for it.

As for pricing, the BMW Z4 sDrive20i goes for RM359,800, while the sDrive28i M Sport retails for RM489,800, both on-the-road without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI).